Is There Life after Menopause?

Menopause can be a very distressing and difficult time in a woman's life. Quite often, women see this phase in their lives as the end of their youth and the entrance into old age. However, just the opposite may hold true. Menopause can be the beginning of a brand new season of a woman's existence. Yes, there is life after menopause, and it can be filled with a sense of renewal, happiness, and health.

What is menopause?

Menopause (commonly called "the change of life"), is the time in a woman's life when her period stops. This is a normal change in a woman's body. This stage occurs, when she has not had a period for 12 months in a row (and there is no other explanation). This change normally occurs between the ages of 45 and 55 years old. There are some common symptoms to be aware of pointing to the menopausal stage:

1.  The patterns in your period begin to change.  Some can be longer, shorter, heavier, or lighter.

2.  You may experience hot flashes (commonly termed “night sweats”) which may be followed by chills.

3.  The famous "mood swings" - sensitivity or crying spells, which may be caused by lack of sleep.

4.  Hair loss, thinning, accompanied by an increase of facial hair growth.

How can I Deal with all these Changes? What are my Options?

Use this time wisely. See this moment as a catalyst to make some important changes in your life. Move towards a wiser and healthier lifestyle. Start eating more sensibly. This is also an ideal time to join a gym and not only start working out, but with the help of a personal trainer, begin to start strengthening your bones and muscles. The most important perception you can have is that of yourself.  At this point in time, women are healthier and stronger than ever. Today thousands of older women are making life-changing decisions about their health, education, and vocation.

Always Get Medical Advice

No matter how many articles and blogs you read, or forums you belong to, you need a professional examination and prognosis. See your physician, getting their personal examination and observations for you and your lifestyle. Get a checkup before doing any physical exercise activities. Remember, always live your life to the fullest. No one else can do it for you.

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